The Lion’s Den has many musicians gracing the stage night after night. Some are fresh, new acts that are making their debut here in Stockbridge, and some are long-time veterans of The Lion’s Den stage. Find out more about some of our regulars here.
Acoustic Classic Rock & Folk
Woodstock’s EXTRA-Sensitive Singer/Songwriter writes songs that you swear you’ve heard before. And he plays songs that you know all the words to. His performances at The Lion’s Den are a seamless thread of his own personal and evocative tunes (which can be found on his website and on his two full-length CDs), along with the songs of those who have inspired him: 70′s singer/songwriters and rock and rollers; the folk balladeers of the 60′s; and the creators of the Great American Songbook. Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul, and Mary, calls Eric “a warm, wonderful performer” whose “songs carry on a marvelous tradition that we gratefully inherit.”
Visit Website: www.EricErickson.com
An engaging duo consisting of Solid rhythmic guitar, sweet and powerful fiddle, smooth lively vocals, haunting penny whistle and bodhran. Rounding out the band will be various guest musicians at various venues: Penny whistle, bass, accordian, banjo, percussion, pints, shots. From classic-Irish ballads and Celtic-laced Bluegrass, to raging and politically charged rebel tunes, Rakish Paddy takes you on a wild ride of the soul.
What do you get when you mix a spunky NYC cabaret singer with a burning ’60s rock band? Well, it ain’t cabaret! Lisa Gordon on keys, harmonica and lead vocals, treats audiences to punchy covers of Grace Slick, torchy renditions of Dusty Springfield, Joplin, and more. Looking for Beatles, Kinks or Cream? Burning guitarist Rob Piorkowski, slick bassist Nick Bisanz and hot percussionist Johnny Easy blend their instrumental and vocal talent with harmonies that result in a DIRTY BOY sound much bigger than a quartet.
Moonshine Holler, the husband and wife duet of Paula Bradley and Bill Dillof, captures the essence of American music: hillbilly blues, ballads and breakdowns with some knock-your-socks-off flatfoot dancing to boot. Known for their musical prowess on more instruments than they can juggle (banjo, fiddle, guitar, Hawaiian guitar, harmonica, ukulele, kazoo), Paula and Bill are two performers steeped in old time traditional music who have performed and taught across the country and abroad.
Molly Durnin was raised in the Capital Region in a rural area sometimes called “the foothills of the Berkshires”. With the release of her CD entitled “Run” in June of 2012, she has fast become a sought-after performer in the local 518 music scene, playing at top acoustic venues including Caffe Lena, The Egg and WAMC’s The Linda. In her songs she ponders the freedom of foxes, sings of temptation, cheap wine and mermaid revenge.
The Housatonic Philharmonic is a trio of Berkshire-based musicians with extensive performing experience in old-time traditional, Celtic, and American Folk music. With Tim Gray on hammered dulcimer, piano and pennywhistle, Paul Rice on fiddle, banjo, and vocals, and Andy Gordon on banjo and spoons. The Housatonic Philharmonic plays old time jigs, reels, hoedowns and waltzes, timeless tunes that have been passed down through many generations of traditional musicians. They also play some more recent and original tunes with an old-time ambience.
Bell Engine came about after John Clarke and Lisa Anderson met while performing at a benefit in the Berkshires in 2009. One year and several acoustic shows later they asked Miles Lally to play bass. Miles then suggested Dan Karp and Sam Earnshaw to round out the sound which is now Bell Engine. Bell Engine’s songs have an undeniable momentum. Fueled by strong rhythms, funky bass lines, and gorgeous harmonies, the tunes are well crafted, driving and energized. Musical comparisons include The Civil Wars, Wilco, Lucinda Williams, Neil Young, and Elliot Smith.
Tom Corrigan has been playing solo,duo, and band gigs from the Capital District to Lake Placid,from the Berkshires to Boston since 1987. Tom is known for non stop 3 hour sets leaving no stone unturned, from mellow tones to insane energy dedicated to covering standards and original music, there is something for everyone he will not let you down.
Katherine Winston is a 16 year old singer songwriter from Lee Massachusetts. She has been playing and singing since she was about 11 years old, and started playing in public about 2 years ago. She plays the guitar and mandolin while singing, but often her father will accompany her on the guitar, and she also sings with the band Karma Fund, and collaborates with some other artists once in a while. She sings many covers and many originals. The covers range all the way from Norah Jones and Amy Winehouse to Michael Jackson or Jimi Hendrix.
Greg Klyma is the Rust Belt vagabond, a home-cooked meal and a Vaudeville show in a fast food, karaoke world. He crafts a set with the same skill that he crafts his songs. The stories blend seamlessly into songs, evoking a flavor of Mark Twain, Woody Guthrie and David Sedaris. A prolific songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and seasoned performer, Klyma brings to every stage a deep catalog of material that assumes audiences are both smart and able to laugh.
Born in New York City, Dick Solberg was trained classically on piano and violin, but earned acclaim “fiddling” in styles like old-timey, bluegrass, Celtic, and Cajun. His professional career started in 1976, as a street-fiddler in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Provincetown, Cape Cod; and Coconut Grove, Florida. Solberg has since performed in the Caribbean (25 winter seasons in St. Thomas), the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, the Great Wall of China, and the American University in Cairo. Solberg, whose Norwegian name means “sun mountain,” has been entertaining for almost thirty years, playing every imaginable venue public radio and television concerts to waterfront bars burials at sea to a birthday party for six ladies over 100 years old.
Western Massachusetts based Indie/Folk band Woodford Way is the brainchild of singer/songwriter Kyle Mangini and guitarist Jeff Lynch. Influenced heavily by James Taylor, Paul Simon, and Bob Dylan, Woodford Way blends narrative driven folk tunes with well-crafted pop gems that jump into the ears of listeners and tell a unique, individual, and compelling story that is all their own.
David Grover,compared to Mr.Rogers,James Taylor,Paul Simon and Raffi has a style all his own. 2009 winnner of Berkshire Eagle’s Best Singer/Songwriter award,plus Emmy and Grammy nods, Parents’ Choice, (NAPPA) and others. Grover has performed at the White House, NBC-TV’s “Today Show,” the Detroit Symphony ,and the United Nations.He learned to play guitar as a teenager,and joined Shenandoah,which toured with Arlo Guthrie.When he had sole custody of his young daughter he gave up the rock and roll life.Grover began creating and singing songs for kids. His weekly summer concerts on the town square in Great Barrington,MA, have come to mean summer for families that travel across state lines to hear David.
MARK NOMAD’S music has been heard on radio stations all over the world and has been used in commercials and in film. Nomad’s blues have been tempered by years of living and experience; expressed by the plaintive cry of a bottleneck on acoustic guitar or the driving funk of his electric band.
Visit Website: http://www.robsanzone.com/
Robert Oakes and Katherine Smith both hail from musical families and began playing and singing at an early age. They met in 2007 and immediately set to work collaborating on art and music projects. They formed this singing and songwriting duo in early 2010 and started performing in venues throughout the Northeastern US.
JEFF GONZALES is a guitarist, singer and songwriter who has played ragtime blues, bluegrass, folk old time tunes, sing-alongs and his own original styling’s for audiences across the country for most of his life. He has appeared with Greg Brown, Livingston Taylor, David Grissman, Peter, Paul & Mary and many more.
Jeff Gonzales & Wanda Houston: Ragtime, Delta and Original Blues—These two talents came together in the Spring of 2010 and forged a bond seated in a blues that will take you back to a time and place where the pace is slow, the mud is red and the heart longs to beat free. Their music and commentary will at times be educational, at other times informational, still other times brash and bawdy, but at all times entertaining.
Singer/songwriter/guitarist Jeffrey Folmer has performed across the country, as far away as Alaska and for as many as 40,000 people. He has opened for such artists as Joe Walsh (of the Eagles), Rosanne Cash, Donovan, Edie Brickell, Paul Winter, David Bromberg, Richie Havens, Patty Larkin, Janis Ian, Rory Block, Christine Lavin, John Gorka, Donna Lewis (double-platinum “I Love You Always Forever”), Dave Van Ronk, Ian Matthews, Eddie From Ohio, Julie Gold (Grammy-winning writer of “From A Distance”) and more.
Sun – Sat 8pm to 11pm
The Den is open until 1 am on weekends